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Weather front forecast to arrive Wednesday night

2019/03/13 11:20:08

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A weather front is forecast to arrive in Taiwan Wednesday night pushing down temperatures and bringing rain to northern areas, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Before the front sets in, daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to hit around 24 degrees Celsius and 26-28 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

After the weather system arrives, the mercury will fall to 15-17 degrees in the north and 17-18 degrees in central and southern areas, the bureau added, warning of a wide day-night temperature differential and reminding the public to keep warm at night.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Wednesday morning was 14 degrees, recorded at the CWB's Xinwu monitoring station in Taoyuan, the bureau said.

The bureau said sporadic showers are forecast in northern and northeastern Taiwan as well as mountainous areas in central parts of the country within the influence of the weather front Wednesday night.

Foggy conditions are possible in central and southern Taiwan and on the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, while strong winds are forecast for areas north of central Taiwan, southeastern Taiwan, including Green Island and Orchid Island, the Hengchun Peninsula in the south as well as Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu, the bureau added.

The weather front is expected to continue to affect Taiwan Thursday, The CWB said.

Meanwhile, air quality in northern Taiwan, Yilan and Hualien was fair on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, because of a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

The AQI in Kinmen and Matsu also flashed also an orange alert, partly due to the effect of pollutants coming from southeastern China, the EPA's monitoring network showed.

(By Chen Chun-shou and Frances Huang)